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Gulmarg Ski Resort India

So you’re a mad keen ski or snowboard enthusiast. You’ve chased face shots all over the globe. You’ve ticked off all the big mountain skiing in Europe, partied until dawn in the South America ski resorts, worn a snorkel whilst skiing in Japan in the cranium deep pow, nut-crackered your way through all of the New Zealand club fields, supped on all the USA action from Lake Tahoe to Colorado, and scorched the credit card whilst creaming your thermals in the deep snow that all of the Canada heli skiing & BC cat skiing operations have to offer. What’s a powder junky to do?

How about a journey to a place that combines big mountain skiing, powder, backcountry, avalanches, men with guns, poverty, filth, driving chaos, random acts, culture, hawkers, Russians, beggars, colonialism, Ukrainians, monkeys, and culinary mysteries all into one?! Gulmarg Resort in Kashmir (the Indian part of Kashmir at this point in time!) is this place. One visit to Gulmarg India WILL give you stories that will be retold for the rest of your life without the need for embellishment.

Gulmarg Skiing Terrain

Gulmarg Resort is a big ski hill serviced by a gondola, and you are going to have to get the lungs going to make the most of it. The lift tops out at about 4,000m with the summit of Mt Apharwat another couple of hundred metres above that, which provides 1,500+ metres of vertical. Some of the bowls off the summit have a straight 1,200 metres of thigh-destroying vertical descent!

The amount of Gulmarg ski terrain is virtually unlimited and includes alpine bowls, chutes, cornices, glade skiing amongst ancient pines, and glacier skiing without the glacier(!). That’s not to mention the epic ski journeys down to some of the local shrines and villages which add a whole new dimension to the terrain.

The Gulmarg skiing and snowboarding is suited to advanced and expert riders who enjoy off-piste backcountry terrain. Gulmarg is definitely not the place for the average beginner or intermediate rider. Gulmarg is also best appreciated by those with a propensity for hiking and skinning, and laid-back riders who can cope with an “adventure”.

Guides & Gulmarg Ski Tours

Due the nature of the terrain, the avalanche risk, and the complexity of some of the exits, it is highly recommended to engage the services of a quality guide. There are many different guides available in Gulmarg and they include Australians, Americans, British, Kiwis and local Kashmiris. Most offer a variety of packages which in addition to guiding services tend to include all local transfers, accommodation, and most meals. Some operators will also provide access to snow safety equipment.

A great guiding service is led by Bill Barker. Bill and his experienced team have exceptional local knowledge and earned the respect of the locals when they assisted with the set up of the Gulmarg ski patrol several years ago.

Where is Gulmarg Resort?

Gulmarg is located in Kashmir which is to the extreme north west of India. Whilst Indians call it part of India, Kashmiris definitely do not.

The gateway airport for Gulmarg is the Kashmir capital of Srinagar which is a couple of hours drive from Gulmarg. From the airport, tour operators provide transfers or independent travellers can catch a taxi. The journey is eye-popping to say the least! See our Gulmarg travel page for more information.

Gulmarg Hotels

Gulmarg hotels are a bit of a magical mystery tour. Choose your Gulmarg hotel poorly and you may suffer! Choose wisely – nirvana. All the basic facilities are available but remember that this is Kashmir, not Colorado.

Gulmarg is not a glitzy resort and the majority of the Gulmarg accommodation is not 5-star. See our Gulmarg hotels page for more information.

Why Snowboard or Ski Gulmarg?

Did I mention stories for the rest of your life without the need for embellishment?! The combination of the terrain, snow, culture, people and the weird and wonderful random acts make Gulmarg Resort a must do at least once while your heart’s still beating.
Gulmarg Ski Tours

Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours

Gulmarg Tour
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing | Gulmarg, India
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Gulmarg has arguably the best lift-accessible side country in the world! This 10 night tour provides a solid 8 days of guided skiing & riding the best of the terrain in the best available snow on each day. Accommodation is at 4-star Rosewood Hotel and the tour includes a night on Dal Lake.
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USD 3,725
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Bills Gulmarg Tour
15 Days | 12 Days of Riding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Experience the best of Gulmarg with Aussie guide Bill Barker. 12 days of skiing endless lines of fresh POW with the most experienced guide in Gulmarg. Join a fixed-date tour or enquire about a custom tour for groups of up to 6.
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USD 3,959
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Gulmarg Powder Pilgrimage
8 or 15 Days - 6 / 12 Days Skiing / Riding
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Explore Gulmarg's famous 14k+ feet peaks & untracked terrain with Mahmood, Mushtaq and Paul, a guide team with decades of local guiding knowledge in Gulmarg in the Indian Himalaya. Accommodation to suit all budgets with durations from 8-15 days. Flexible arrival and departure dates.
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USD 1,039
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